The Results of the recent Strategic Planning survey which is to inform major changes in the structure of WILPF as an organization can be seen by clicking on the following link. Strategic Planning Survey.
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Dear Reaching Critical Will friends and advisors,
The sixty-second session of the General Assembly First Committee on Disarmament and International Security closed on Friday, 2 November 2007. It was a rather uneventful session, with a few key highlights (see below). Most delegations continued to lament the lack of progress in disarmament and non-proliferation, especially in the Conference on Disarmament (CD). They called for the adoption of the comprehensive programme of work in the CD at the beginning of 2008, and expressed hope for success at the next nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Preparatory Committee. It would be preferable if First Committee itself was used more effectively to advance the cause of disarmament and international security, rather than as a stage from which to "urge" consensus in another forum. In his remarks on 18 October, Ambassador Landman of the Netherlands paraphrased Victor Hugo, announcing that the time will come when the instruments of war, and in particular weapons of mass destruction, "will be on show in museums in the same way as today one can visit and inspect instruments of torture, fashionable in the Middle Ages and thereafter. And we would all be wondering that such weapons have existed and their use ever contemplated." To reach this point, governments, diplomats, and civil society need to not just theorize about the new (collective) security environment they envision, but to work towards it.
Ray Acheson, Project Associate
Dear Reaching Critical Will friends and advisors,
The UN General Assembly First Committee on Disarmament and International Security began on Monday, 8 October. After the first few days of General Debate, most delegations appear optimistic about the possibilities for progress before them, and are eager for the momentum created in the Conference on Disarmament this year to carry on throughout the First Committee. Unfortunately, the usual signs of resistance from certain delegations are already clear; however, as the representative from Honduras said, peace is a "constant aspiration" that should be a "permanent reality", and the First Committee is another chance to take a few small steps in this direction.
Ray Acheson, Project Associate
October 2007: Marking Seven Years
The Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security, 31 October 2000.
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1. Editorial: Marking Seven Years
2. Women, Peace and Security News
3. Feature Event: Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security
4. Feature Statement: WILPF Statement on UN Day
5. Feature Initiative: Call for Submission: Global Peacebuilders Peacebuilding Approaches Catalogue
6. Feature Resource: DCAF Report: Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict & Austrian Action Plan on Implementation of Resolution 1325
7. NGO Working Group on Women, Peace & Security Update: Statement at WPS Open Debate
8. Women, Peace and Security Calendar
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Dee Hunt emailed the following to me: “In April 2007, we hosted Jody Dodd, U.S. WILPH leadership and outreach coordinator, who conducted workshops on non-violence and civil disobedience at local churches and at the university, in addition to speaking about water privatization and pathways to resisting the Iraq war. She also gave us a wonderful orientation about WILPF and had great suggestions for fundraising and building membership.
The Santa Cruz branch of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) is sponsoring a girl's soccer team to honor the memory of Alice Davis, a long time supporter of women's rights who passed away December 10, 2006. Sponsoring the team, which carries the WILPF Dove on its uniforms, also honors Title 9's bestowing of equal sports opportunities for girls which Alice strongly supported during her lifelong stuggle for justice. As part of its Water Is a Human Right Campaign, the WILPF branch also gave each team member a metal water bottle, avoiding the polluting and health-endangering risks of the usual plastic containers. The team plays on Saturdays at Branciforte Middle School. Pictured are team members Rachel Hendsbee, Claire Kempf, and Mirsa Freed. WILPF members Sandy Silver, Jennifer Pitino, and Sara O'Rourke, whose daughter Anna Marie is also on the team, attended the team's first game of this season on Saturday, September 8.
Dear Section Presidents, International Board Members, International Affairs
Representatives and Committee Convenors,
In this mailing you will find:
1. Update from the Executive Committee
2. Message from the Secretary General
3. Report from WILPF's Fact Finding Mission to Colombia now available
4. New Look to the WILPF Website!
5. Human Rights Council - focus on DRC and Burundi
6. Keep Space for Peace
7. The European WILPF meeting in Stockholm, Sweden, the 17th - 18th of
8. First Committee Monitor
Focus on Burma
indeed is the sole medium of expression for ethics.
to WILPF Branch Contacts! October 2007
branch mailing, as always is full of resources for your branch to
use in local actions. As we engage in this period of transition and
strategic planning, we are coming from the framework of “watering
the seeds of WILPF”. WILPF branches are the lifeblood of WILPF
and we hope that these resources assist you in your work.
84-year-old wants government to focus on children and social services, not war
By Michelle Sklar
Joan Wilderman has lived in downtown Campbell for 50 years. She is a mother, a grandmother, even a great-grandmother, but Wilderman is not a "typical" granny; she is a Raging Granny.
The Raging Grannies are an international group of mostly women who strive to make a difference in their communities, countries and the world by publicly proclaiming their views on important matters through song.
The Grannies are organized geographically by groups, or gaggles, as they prefer to be called.
"What I love about the Grannies," says Wilderman, "is that we aren't just standing on a corner waving a sign, which I have done in the past; we are bringing attention to important matters with songs. We think it is a different way to reach people, maybe less threatening than shouting, and maybe more memorable."
The Raging Grannies borrow tunes from well-known songs and change the words to express how they feel about pivotal topics such as immigration issues, health care and war. Right now, one of the most pressing issues for the San Jose gaggle is the war in Iraq. One of the anti-war songs the Grannies sing is sung to the tune of "God Bless America." The words are simple but clear:
The Commission on the Status of Women (hereafter referred to as “CSW” or “the Commission”) is a functional commission of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women. It is the principal global policy-making body. Every year, representatives of Member States gather at United Nations Headquarters in New York to evaluate progress on gender equality, identify challenges, set global standards and formulate concrete policies to promote gender equality and advancement of women worldwide.
The Commission was established by ECOSOC resolution 11(II) of 21 June 1946 with the aim to prepare recommendations and reports to the Council on promoting women's rights in political, economic, civil, social and educational fields. The Commission also makes recommendations to the Council on urgent problems requiring immediate attention in the field of women's rights.
For more info, check back here: http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/csw/index.html
26 February - 9 March 2007,
United Nations, New York
see http://www.peacewomen.org/un/ecosoc/CSW51/index.htm for more info...